ACAN’s Natural Materials Masterclass: Straw

We are very excited to be a part of this very special event – it is the perfect accompaniment to launch ESBG 2021 the following day

Join us as SBUK founding members, Phil Christopher, Barbara Jones, Joe Duirwyn and Cypren Edmunds present topics across the colouful kaleidoscope of constructing with straw, at ACAN’s second episode in their ‘Natural Materials’ programme

Tickets for this free event are available here

The first event, ‘Intro to Natural Materials’ is available here to view

European StrawBale Gathering (ESBG) 2021

As members of ESBA we are proud to announce our virtual/online participation of European StrawBale Gathering (ESBG) on Friday 30th July – Sunday 1st August 2021

The full programme and Tickets are available here: E.S.B.A.

The three days will feature: educational, ‘live’ and Q&A sessions from SBUK and our fellow members of E.S.B.A. (European StrawBale Association)

More about SBUK’s final itinerary on Saturday 31st tba!

A teaser for the event, delivered by Herbert Gruber of ESBA (and of the Austrian StrawBale Network) is available here:

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Sustainability of the Built Environment – Written evidence from StrawBale Building UK

In May we submitted evidence to the UK’s Environment Audit Committee regarding, ‘Sustainability of the Built Environment’.

Our paper, amongst many other worthy submissions, was accepted by the Committee, and will be taken into consideration once the debate is opened for discussion in the near future.

The SBUK’s document can be read here

Many thanks to all of our contributors, notably Mary Rawlinson and Julia Bennett.

Vote for ‘The Bale House’

The Bale House

Final day for voting for the #GreenSolution awards. Vote here

ACAN’s Natural Materials Business Survey

To support preparing a response for EAC’s ‘Sustainability in the built environment‘ inquiry, ACAN have prepared a quick-fire survey of businesses working in the natural materials industry. The intention is to quickly gather some fresh evidence and insights for solutions and actions the government can take to support businesses working with natural materials – producers, suppliers, designers, builders, manufacturers etc.

They would like to gather as many responses as possible so please share as far and wide as you can!

Deadline for responses is midday Wednesday 12 May.

We only have a week, so we’re hoping to use this as a launch pad for future research, rather than it being finished once the survey ends.

Survey link

Thank you!

Green Solutions Award 2021 – Vote for ‘The Bale House’!

🏆 The Bale House 🇬🇧
Located in a UK Nature Reserve in Hastings this constructed with recycled, fireproof, and breathable materials. A unique straw bale building that requires next to no energy to run and stays comfortable all year long due to its high insulation.

This UPSTRAW Project uses natural materials such as lime, wood and especially straw in the walls which sequesters carbon, creates new links between the agricultural and construction industries, and, enhances the value of the farmer’s crop.

This case study offers lessons on dealing with risk posed by excessive wind speeds on the site, and on how to build a successful conStrawtium! Green & Castle Huff and Puff Constructions

See more about this Green Solutions Awards 2020-21 candidate, and Vote here:

the bale house

Wow! Check out at the latest video update of the ‘Bale House’ by the Constrawtium team!

is there enough straw to build with?

John Butler has been digging away in the vaults of Government data and statistics to ascertain the answer to one of the most often asked questions we receive, “Is there enough straw to build”?

The figures are interestingly optimistic (we shan’t spoilt it for you!).

Dig in and sift through this very vital piece of work

UPSTRAW Yearbook 2020

The UPSTRAW Yearbook 2020 is now released.

Starting in 2017, this project is a collaboration between European countries (Belgium, France, Germany Netherlands and Hastings – UK) via INTERREG, with the theme of ‘public investment in straw building’ – including five new public buildings built using straw and other natural materials.

Other project outcomes covered in this Yearbook include:

  • Building Information Modelling: improving the production and management of digital information in construction
  • Zotero library: more than 400 publications dedicated to building with straw
  • Massive Open Online Course: a brand new MOOC to help you learn more about straw building
  • Life Cycle Analysis: a cradle to grave approach, which quantifies the environmental impact of construction
  • National Networks: showing the straw bale associations and networks in each partner country

We hope you enjoy this publication and encourage you to forward it to your colleagues and others in your networks. UPSTRAW Yearbook 2020

Women in Construction – International Women Day

Three fantastic women, 3 leaders of industry.

As founding members of Strawbale UK these women have been with us from the start and today are as integral to our vision: Mary Rawlinson, SBUK Chair, Green and Castle & Constrawtium, Barbara Jones of Straw Works, Eileen Sutherland School of Natural Building